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What is the difference between mobile and PC based website? How to make a website mobile?

There are quite a few things that differentiate a PC based website from a mobile one and a few facts that make one better than the other, and the opposite.

First of all, the screen size is definitely one of the most important differences and plays a major role when it comes to how the web design will be done. Just having a zoom in and zoom out function is not enough for most websites and must thus have both options available if they want to attract more attention.

Other than that, things like sliders and collapsible widgets are used way more than they were in the past since things like sidebars do not really help mobile users with navigating through a website. The more ease of navigation and use there is on a website  the more friendly it is for mobile device users. For example, rectangular buttons are becoming more and more common since they are easier to press down from a touch screen. This is because finger tapping is a way less precise than mouse clicking can be and can thus present a number of problems if a website is not modified in a way to make it easier for touch screen users.

Another thing that is different is the fact that the mobile page’s URL is different than the original one. It’s most common for mobile-friendly websites to have the letter “m” at the start in order to be identified as mobile websites. If you are browsing through a mobile device, you will sometimes notice that you are automatically redirected to the “mobile edition” of the website you want to access.

Last but not least, if you check a mobile website, you can see that advertisements are either way less or removed completely in order to make it even easier for the mobile user to access anything on the page. The ads are most of the times tiring for anyone since they require a bit of effort to close. For example, pop-up windows can be quite annoying when you are visiting a website from your mobile device.